Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce
Fall is fast approaching with all the
excitement it brings. This fall brings a
new generation of the Hill family to first
Grade. Joshua and Madelyn, our six
year old grandchildren, start school in
their respective classes. Leaves are
changing and nights are cooler. Friday
night lights lead the way to old rivalries
and new teammates. Fall also signals
the start of a new Tyler Area Chamber
year with new leadership, goals and
objectives. As I take this time to reflect
on the closing of my year as Chairman
of your Chamber I look back with
great honor on this year and all of our
accomplishments. I also reflect with
gratitude on all of the hard work of so
many volunteers who have worked to
make this year a tremendous success.
Volunteers are the core of any great
chamber organization. Our chamber
is particularly blessed with legions of
energetic and high quality volunteers.
Over this past two years I have lost
count of the number of committee
meetings I have attended. No matter
Chairman 2014 - 2015
Bob Westbrook assumes role of Chairman
and Claude Henry elected Chairman-Elect
for the Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce
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Bob Westbrook was elected 2015-2016 Chairman for the Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce
at its August Board meeting. His term will begin October 1, 2015. Claude Henry was elected
Chairman-elect for the upcoming year. “We are excited that Claude has been elected as a
member of our leadership team for the Chamber,” said Westbrook.
Bob was a successful, nineteen year veteran, CiCi’s Pizza Franchisee. He owned and operated
three CiCi’s Pizza restaurants, two in Tyler and one in Longview. Bob credits his success to
hard work, strong faith and family.
Bob currently serves as the Chairman-Elect for the Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce. He has
also served one term as Area Development Council Chairman and two terms as Government
Affairs Committee Chairman for the Tyler Chamber. Bob is a member of the Board of Directors
for the Tyler Economic Development Corporation. He also serves on the Executive Committee
of Catalyst 100, a mentor program to develop Leaders for Tyler for the next 100 years.
Bob is also a Rotarian. He is a “Paul Harris Fellow” and Past President of the Tyler Sunrise
Rotary Club. Bob is a current member of the South Tyler Rotary Club. His “Service Above Self”
culture drives his community service.
Bob has served as President of the East Texas Food Bank. He is a “two term” Chairman of
the Northeast Texas Public Health District, where he received the “Doc Ballard Award” and
the TEHA “Industry Meritorious Service Award” for outstanding achievements for Public Health
in Smith County. He is a former Chairman of the Texas Restaurant Association Education
Foundation and a recent Past President of the Texas Restaurant Association (TRA). He has
served multiple one year terms on each of the following: TRA PAC Chairman, TRA Executive
Committee, President of the East Texas Chapter of TRA and Co-Chairman of the TISD Career
and Technology Advisory Committee.
Claude E. Henry is an executive vice president and commercial relationship manager with
Texas Bank and Trust, Tyler. He has been a Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce board member
for the past 2 years, served on the Executive Committee for 3 years, and is currently the
Business Development Council Chair. Previously, he served as chair of the Medical Committee.
Additionally, Claude serves on the advisory board and finance committee of the Salvation Army
of Tyler, is the current chair of the TJC Scholarship Foundation Golf Tournament Advisory
Committee, is the incoming vice chair of the board for Greater Texas Capital Corporation, and
is a board member and past chair of Children’s Village. Claude was a participant in the 2011
Leadership Tyler Executive Orientation Series. He is a member of the South Tyler Rotary club
and attends Marvin Methodist with his wife, Julie. They have four adult children. Claude enjoys
bicycling, golf, and snow-skiing.
In addition to Westbrook and Henry Officers for 2015-2016 include: June Cheatham who
will serve as Area Development Chairman; Mary Foster, Visit Tyler Chairman; Charles Hill, Past
Chairman; Skip Ogle, Business Development Chairman; Roy Martinez, Treasurer; Tricia Walker,
Membership Services Chairman; and Executive Committee-at-large members include: Howard
Patterson, Martin Heines, Terrence Dixon, Joann Hampton, Nora Reyes and Lonny Uzzell.
Chairman - Elect
what the subject, each committee has
been led by volunteers who were experts
on the subject and highly focused on
getting the best results for our business
community out of their committee.
No recap of this year would be
complete without a look at our
Membership Event. WOW! Over 400
volunteers worked countless hours
over three days to recruit 914 new
members. (Both new records.) I cannot
thank our Chairpersons, Captains,
volunteers and staff enough. This event
insures our financial strength for the
next three years and gives us a
volunteer base to accomplish the
goals and objectives set forth by our
board of directors.
It is also important to recognize the
many events that came to pass this
year because of your efforts. East Texas
Day in Austin, Tech4Tyler at SXSW, the
Azalea Trail, the Rose Festival, 2015
Kickoff Luncheon and the Perryman
Economic outlook summit are all
examples of the many programs that
take place because a chamber
committee decided our community
needed it. Thanks to all our committee
chairs and division chairs who guided
One of the best parts of this year for
me was the ability to work with our
Chamber staff. Tom Mullins and
Henry Bell lead the most professional
staff I have ever had the privilege to
work with. Their efforts maximize our
influence in Texas and we should all
be proud to work with all of our staff.
Thank you for the honor and privilege
of serving as your Chairman this year.
It has been an experience I will always
treasure. Now it is time for Bob Westbrook
to assume the role of Chairman. Bob will
bring a unique energy and drive to the
task at hand… I can’t wait!
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Board Members Elected to Three Year Terms
Charles Hill congratulates Chad Cargile for
being named Volunteer of the 4th Quarter.
He was recognized for his work as chair of the
Education Committee which created the new
C4 event: a workshop on career-workforce
VOLUNTEER OF THE
Bob Westbrook and Charles Hill were
recognized as Volunteers of the 3rd Quarter
for their efforts during the record-breaking
VOLUNTEERS OF THE
Kitty has been a member of the Contact Club for 10 consecutive years and
has earned 12 Production Awards. She is an owner of Nerium International.
Kitty is a member of the Tyler Executive Women’s Network and St. Mary
Magdalene Parish. Kitty and her husband, John, have 3 grown children.
A second year Contact Club member, Brad is the branch manager for
Altra Federal Credit Union. He serves on the Whitehouse Parks & Recreation
Board and coaches his daughter’s softball team. Brad and his wife Tami are
parents of Braden and Aubrey and their family attends Rose Heights Church.
Seven Chamber members have been elected to three year terms on the Chamber’s Board of Directors
beginning October 1. Each year 14 members are nominated by a nominating committee, placed on a ballot,
and voted on by the entire membership. The seven elected are: Derrith Bondurant; UT Health Northeast,
Toby Breeland; Brookshire Grocery Company, Terrence Dixon; Brookshire Grocery Company, Neal Katz;
Congregation Beth El, Holly McFarlin; East Texas Communities Foundation, Nathaniel Moran; Ramey &
Flock, and Joey Seeber; Level 2 Review.
Carmen Carpenter, Texas Bank and Trust, and Stephen Taylor, Central Title Company, were appointed
to unexpired terms.
As I reflect over this past Chamber year, the one phrase that
is forefront in my mind is: Volunteer Strong. Your Tyler Area
Chamber of Commerce is strong because of dedicated
volunteers who devote time, talent, and effort to ensure
your Chamber and your community’s success.
The Chamber works hard to promote growth in our area
through attracting businesses, conventions, tourists, and
sporting events. With the guidance of a dedicated Chamber
Staff, business professionals from throughout the community volunteer their time to
work on various committees that help to conduct the business of your Chamber. From
governmental affairs, to energy, to surface transportation, education, senior resources,
medical, technology, veterans, tourism, and more, your Chamber provides an opportunity
for forward thinking individuals to get involved to help your community continue to grow
and continue to be a prime destination for business growth in our state.
Volunteers are the heart of your Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce. And nothing reflects